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York Lecture Explores the Place of Religion in Political Life


10:10am 13th February 2013

Lord Bhikhu Parek, Emeritus professor of Political Philosophy at Universities of Hull and Westminster will be visiting York St John University on tonight to deliver a lecture on ‘The place of religion in political life’.


York St John University say Lord Bhikhu Parek is author of several widely acclaimed books in political philosophy and has received many honours including the BBC’s Special Lifetime Achievement Award, a Distinguished Thinker Award from India International Centre in Delhi and the Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Philosophy


Commenting on his lecture, Lord Bhikhu Parek said “Religion cannot be excluded from political life, nor should it be. But it can also cause havoc and undermine civilised life. This lecture discusses the havoc and limits of its political role.”


The 2012-13 Ebor lectures are organised by York St John University, York Minster, York Institute for Community Theology, The Churches Regional Commission and the Methodist Church.


York St John University say that since launching in 2006, the lecture series has established an enviable reputation with prestigious speakers, promoting debate on topical issues and broadening discussion. Past speakers have included the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; the Rt Revd. and the Rt Hon Richard Harries, Former Bishop of Oxford; Mr Peter Taylor, journalist and BBC Presenter; Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury; Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York; Robert Peston, the BBC’s Business Editor; the Rt Hon Tony Benn, legendary parliamentarian; and Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.


York St John University advise that admission is by ticket only and that the lecture begins at 6.30pm and the lectures start at 7.00pm. Each lecture is followed by a short question and answer session with an anticipated end time of 8.30pm. Tickets are free and can be booked online at or by contacting the Ebor Lectures Co-ordinator on T: 01904 876474 or E:


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